I’d love to say that I’m as ready as ever for school, but reality is………
Though I’m sure that’s all of us.
It feels like I read way too little this summer.😥 I definitely read more in July than August, but at least I got most of my August TBR read!😎
I managed to finish re-reading all of Cassie’s main series in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. The Dark Artifices took up a lot of August for me, but that was honestly so worth it. I loved seeing all the Blackthorns again, but a certain book still broke my heart as much as it did the first time.😭
Bookish and the Beast was such a cute and fluffy contemporary romance and I really do hope the author makes more retellings like these.🥰
And I managed to also reread Serpent & Dove before the sequel came out! I’m so scared that someone I love will die in Blood & Honey, I don’t know why but it’s just a feeling that I really hope I’m wrong about.😫😓
4 – 4.5 Stars:
Famous in a Small Town was a super fun read and I will always love the type of relationships Emma Mills puts in her novels. A really quick read it was, too.
Then there’s Scorpio Races. Omg that was probably the most beautiful and well written novel I’ve read in a long time.🥺 Who knew man-eating horses could be so amazing.🥰😆
And finally, I decided to do another reread of The Infernal Devices Mangas. I can never get enough of seeing Will, Jem, & Tessa especially if I can see them drawn in a manga style!😍 The ending still made me cry of course.💔 😢
You know, now that I look at this, I realize that this month was basically a reread month for me xD. I did way more rereads than actual new reads.😂 Hehe well I wonder how September will be.
And it’s good I did that because turns out I forgot……a lot.😅
The story revolves around a witch & witch-hunter—Lousie Le Blanc & Reid Diggory, who unexpectedly get into an accident forcing them into a marriage neither of them wants. Ahaha and the situation was just hilarious🤣.
‘He scowled. “I expected little else. We shall, however, endeavor to find you more presentable garments. I won’t dishonor Reid by having his bride appear a heathen, even if she is one.”
“How dare you?” I clutched the front of my ruined dress in mock affront. “I am a God-fearing Christian woman now—”
My husband hauled me away before I could utter another word.
I swore I heard one of his teeth crack.’
Reid’s frustration with Lou was amazing.😂 Their bantering was hilarious and Reid’s reaction to the things Lou would say was just too good.👌😆
‘My eyes lit up. “Yes! I set a warehouse on fire once. One match, and the whole thing went up like a smokestack.”
He stared at me in horror. “You set a building on fire?”’
Of course, let’s not forget Big Titty Liddy🤣. I can’t wait to see the rest of the song in Blood & Honey!!!
“‘Big Titty Liddy was not very pretty, but her bosom was big as a barn,’” I sang. “‘Her creamery knockers drove men off their rockers, but she was blind to their charms—’”
“Stop!” His face burned so vivid a scarlet it rivaled my husband’s. “What are you doing? That—that’s indecent!”
“Of course it is. It’s a pub song!”
“You’ve been in a pub?” he asked, flabbergasted. “But you’re a woman.”
Poor Ansel had to deal with Lou’s many antics in the beginning. It was too funny, though. He was like a mini Reid at first.🤣
“I assume it involves kicking puppies or stealing the souls of children.”
Ansel looked around anxiously. “You can’t say things like that. It’s inappropriate. You’re a Chasseur’s wife now.”
“Oh, please.” I gave an exaggerated eye roll. “I thought I’d already made it clear I don’t give a rat’s ass about being appropriate. Shall I remind you? There are two more verses to ‘Big Titty Liddy.’”
He paled. “Please don’t.”
Ansel is such a sweet cinnamon roll🥺🥰. No harm must come to him in B&H or else—
Then there’s Coco and Beau. Beau didn’t really appear much until the end and I’m so looking forward to seeing more of him in the next book.😍 Coco’s such an awesome best friend and I’m curious to learn more about La Voisin and the Dames Rouge. Good thing I won’t have to wait long now.😏
I love a good enemies-to-lovers and this was just ✨perfection✨.
So much character development—especially in Reid. He went from someone who didn’t swear (like me🤯) and being a strict rule follower & believer to a man who now looked at the world differently (from his original black & white view) and became more aware of others and their motives. He’s all grown up😢💕.
And of course, the ending!!!! Reid actually sweared hahahaha🤣
I stared at her for a long second. Convinced I hadn’t heard her. Convinced she might start laughing, or a feu follet would flare and transport me back to reality. But—no. This was my new reality. Anger erupted inside me, burning away the last of my scruples. “Why the fuck is everyone in this kingdom trying to murder my wife?”
A bubble of laughter escaped Madame Labelle’s lips, but I didn’t think it was funny at all. “What are we going to do? Where are we going to go?” …… “Reid,” she said slowly, incredulously, “did you just curse?”
My reaction exactly.😵🤣😆
If possible, Serpent & Dove was even better than the first time I read it.🥰
“With him, a little of her heart leaves, but it leaves room, too.
For new people.
For new loves.
For new impossibilities.”
Awww why did reading this have to go by so fast?🥺😭
Ashley Poston creates the most beautiful contemporary retellings EVER🥰
Well……maybe I can’t really say that considering how I’ve only read two of her books.😅😂 But it really does feel like that.
I thought Geekerella was amazing and one of the most adorable contemporaries I’ve ever read, but this………
Bookish and the Beast completely surpasses its predecessors!😍 (I can’t really judge the 2nd book though, since I haven’t read it xD) It was such a cute and fun read!🥰
Vance Reigns is the actor for General Sond—the villain of Starfield—and now is considered a true villain in real life after a certain……incident resulting in the breakup of Hollywood’s cutest couple. His stepfather decides for Vance that he should lay low for awhile and sends him off to a tiny remote town. And of course, he absolutely hates it there.
Rosie Thorne recently lost her mother and continues dealing with that grief by finding comfort in reading her books—that is until she damages a priceless edition of a book and is tasked with trying to repay it with the help of Vance. You can guess how that goes.😂
They absolutely despise each other. But eventually, something changes all that.😏
Ahhh Vance’s character development was amazing.🥰 He went from not trusting anyone and being a total jerk to everyone to learning to believe in himself & others more and understanding his mistakes & fixing them. So sweet💕
Of course, I automatically loved Rosie the moment I learned that she was a bookworm. Her obsession with books is so me and everyone else here (or at least I’m pretty sure).
“I love how books are not really just books at all, but doorways. They are portals into places I’ve never been and people I’ll never be, and in them I have lived a thousand lives and seen a thousand different worlds.”
That’s so true🥺💞 And she even got Vance to get into reading books!!! That is such an accomplishment.🤯 I always try getting my friends into reading & GR, but it never works for me.😢 ‘Tis the sad reality.
Oh and then there’s…….Garrett.😒 Seeing how this is a Beauty and the Beast Retelling, Garrett just reminded me of Gaston.😤
OMG and looking at the GIF, I can even see the resemblance between the two!😂 They both look the same AND act the same. Garrett kept trying to get Rosie to agree to be his date even when she said ‘no’ and believed himself to be the most beautiful person ever xD. Just like Gaston.🤢
Hehe and I was trying to come up with some ship names for Vance & Rosie. Like Rance? Or Vosie? xD they’re so bad.😬🤣 I don’t even know why I tried after my first attempt at coming up with ship names in The Upside of Falling. Never let me come up with new ship names xD.
Aghhhh and how did Ashely Poston manage to make me fall in love with her side characters so much???🥺😍 Annie & Quinn were such awesome best friends for Rosie. I loved how their friendship was never compromised throughout the story and it stayed true the whole way.🥰 Nothing got between the trio.💞
AND NEVER FORGET SPACE DAD🔥🔥🔥 Space Dad was such an amazing figure in this book. Rosie’s Dad was also dealing with the grief of losing his wife but he always acted cheerful and even though he made mistakes in front of a lot people (like burning down the kitchen😂) he still was amazing.😍
This can be read as a standalone, but there are a lot of references from the previous books which makes me wish I read the 2nd book before this.😅 BUT I did manage to read some reviews of the The Princess and the Fangirl and get some of the references in this book xD.
Now my only complaint of Bookish and the Beast is that IT WAS TOO SHORT.😭😭😭 I really wish there was more to read. I WANT MORE ROSANCE okay, okay, that was bad.🙈. BUT STILL. MORE ROSIE x VANCE.🥺 288 PAGES WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR ME😭
Ahhh well there’s always re-reads.
Still. I’m just gonna be over here hoping that the author will decide to make more contemporaries in this series.🤞
They’re always so beautifully written and especially with QoAaD’s ending—the wedding, specifically Malec’s wedding🥺—It was just too sweet🥰😭.
“And when one day people look back on me and what my life meant, I don’t want them to say, ‘Alec Lightwood fought in the Dark War’ or even ‘Alec Lightwood was Consul once.’ I want them to think, ‘Alec Lightwood loved one man so much he changed the world for him.’ ”
Cassie is really trying to make me an emotional wreck.🥺😭
City of Bones Alec and Queen of Air and Darkness Alec are such different people…….Cassie just leaves me in awe with the amazing character development.😍 From being a shy and self-conscious teenager, he’s now grown up to be the new Consul and an inspiration to many Shadowhunters all over the world. AHHHH I can’t🤧🤧🤧 I love Alec so much.💕 And of course, Magnus Lightwood-Bane is no different.🥰
“Okay, let’s talk about the important part.” Magnus turned to Alec with a furious look on his face. “You killed yourself? Why would you do that?”
Alec looked startled. “That wasn’t me,” he pointed out. “It’s an alternate universe, Magnus!”
Magnus grabbed Alec by the front of his shirt. “If I die, you are not allowed to do anything like that! Who would take care of our kids? How could you do that to them?”
“We never had kids in that world!” Alec protested.
xD and delirious Magnus is hilarious😂:
“The Children of Lilith will indeed be in debt to the Children of the Courts after this day, Kieran Kingson,” said Magnus, staring intently in what he clearly thought was Kieran’s direction.
“That was a very nice speech, Bane,” said Jace. “Unfortunately, you’re talking to a doughnut.”
Then there’s seeing the rest of the TMI crew throughout the book. Simon & Izzy and Clary & Jace were the same as always.🤣 Their trick against the Cohort was the best.😂
Manuel made a sputtering noise. “Kill them,” he said, turning to his companions. “Go on. Kill them.”
Jace drew the third in a line of X’s on the ground and tossed aside his stick. “Checkmate,” he said.
“Checkmate is chess,” Clary pointed out, entirely ignoring the Cohort surrounding them.
Jace grinned. It was a bright, beautiful grin, the sort of grin that made Helen understand why, all those years ago, Aline had kissed him just to see. “I wasn’t talking about our game,” he said.
Argh that reminds me of the stupid Cohort. I was SO HAPPY when Horace Dearborn was killed by Julian (his spine was snapped in half muahahahha😈).
I was really hoping for Zara and Manuel to die, but unfortunately Emma decides to spare her life……and what does she do? SHE STABS EMMA IN THE BACK. ISTG ZARA U BACKSTABBING (literally) COWARD👿🤬🤬😤
I swear, she better get the death she deserves in The Wicked Powers or I WILL RAGE. SHE NEEDS THE MOST PAINFUL DEATH POSSIBLE.😤
But you know, I’m really curious to what their plan is seeing how they’re stuck in Alicante.🤔
OH and I just LOVED ANNABEL’S DEATH. AND IT WAS BY THE HANDS OF JULIAN!!!🔥 LIVVY HAS BEEN AVENGED😭 (Altho Ty had to ruin her peace and bring her back as a ghost😫😢 Poor Livvy.)
I love how this art by Alice Duke was the dust jacket for QoAaD. I’m in looooveeee😍😍😍
Julian and Emma have been through so much together dealing with the parabatai curse. I’m so happy everything turned out well and they got the happiness they deserved.🥺🥰
At the edge of everything, love and faith have always brought me back.
If I had to choose the characters I’m most looking forward to in TWP, it’d definitely be Ash Morgenstern, Dru, and Kit!!! Really curious to see what’s gonna happen between those three. Oh, and I wonder how Ty and Ghost Livvy are going to be dealing with their bond. Hmmmmm🤔
Ahhh but the epilogue seriously just kills me though.😣 Cassie just leaves everything off like that and expects us to wait until 2022 (but like it’ll probably be 2023)?!?! The torture😫😭😭
One thing is certain:
The Wicked Powers is definitely going to destroy me in a way that I could’ve never imagined possible.
What do you desire? Money and wealth? Honor and pride? Authority and power? Revenge? Or something that transcends them all? Whatever you desire—it’s here.
When Rachel decides to climb The Tower in search of stars, Twenty-Fifth Baam follows her to be by her side. But Baam quickly finds that there’s more to the Tower that meets the eye. During his difficult struggle, he meets many friends and discovers his true potential. But there are dangers lurking around every turn. Will Baam be able to find his friend Rachel? What’s to become of Baam during his adventure? It all begins in the Tower of God.
I remember back before quarantine hit, my friends were SUPER HYPED up for the webtoon, Tower of God, turning into an anime (and being the first webtoon to do so).
They were begging me to read the webtoon and every time I’d tell them later (but in reality, I didn’t really feel like it😅). Eventually I just decided to try out the first chapter and……….let’s just say that the art was………not exactly appealing.
Of course, the author was still 100000x better than I could ever be, but I just couldn’t get into the story. From there, I just decided to wait for the anime to come out and see how that went, then decide whether or not to continue on with the webtoon.
Thank goodness I went with that plan because season 1 of the anime ended with a HUGECLIFFHANGER I just NEEDED to know what happened after. I couldn’t stand to wait a year for season 2 without getting spoiled and so I read the webtoon from where the anime left of. And omg…….
THE AUTHOR’S STYLE IMPROVED SO MUCH😍😍😍
JUST LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEASON 1 AND SEASON 2!!!!
And I got so OBSESSED with Tower of God, that I read all 485 episodes within a week of starting. It was way too addicting.😫🤩
Unfortunately, I caught up to where the webtoon was at right when the author went on HIATUS.😭 It’s sad but I get that SIU needs a break. He’s been drawing/writing nonstop for years now. I hope he gets better.🤞
I’ve never been so glad to have my friends and watch anime. I never would’ve bothered reading Tower of God if it weren’t for that.
Oh! Also, the opening and ending were sung by Stray Kids (Kpop). I, myself, have never listened to Kpop but the OP & ED were amazing!!🥰
This was my first webtoon and has still remained being my favourite of all the other webtoons I’ve read so far. I seriously can’t think of a better webtoon then Tower of God.
The storyline is phenomenal, the characters honestly have one of the best character developments I’ve ever seen, the artwork’s improvement is just amazing, and last, but not least, the references are hilarious!!!😂
Remember though. Season 1’s artwork may be unbearable but I SWEAR IT GETS BETTER AFTER THAT. The style gradually improves a lot.
Warning: You may meet a character that you’ll absolutely DESPISE and want to kill so badly, that it just raises your blood pressure a lot (at least that’s what happened to me😤).
Me: Help! HELP! 911: What seems to be the problem? Me: My—my— 911: Yes? Yes?!?! Me: My heart has been RIPPED out of my chest and TORN to pieces. WHAT’S HAPPENING TO ME?!😭💔 911: Wrong num— Me: PLEASE! 911: ……… 911: That’s called heartbreak. Meanwhile……….. Cassie: MUAHAHHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahha😈
Oh why? Why did I set myself up for this torture rereading this? There’s clearly something wrong with me.😣
I knew how it was going to end and even prepared myself for the ending, but I still couldn’t help having my heart break. I feel dead on the inside.
I seriously believe that Cassie secretly has a job as a professional torturer, laughing in delight as she watches her readers suffer. Nobody can tell me otherwise.😭
All I can think about right now is THE BLACKTHORNS🥺🥰😭. Each and every one of them have buried themselves into my heart. What’s there to hate about the family? They don’t deserve to deal with the stupid Cohort and Clave. Why is everyone always trying to hurt them?!?!😭😭😭
ESPECIALLY YOU, ZARA DEARBORN😤👿
Now one of my favourite parts in this book was Mark still adjusting from his time in Faerie.😂 It was just too funny xD. Especially the stupid stuff he did.
“I suspect I would have the same problem,” Mark said, eyeing the fish. “It is too bad—I was going to name it Magnus, because it has sparkly scales.”
“I suppose I had better let him go free,” Mark said. Before anyone could say anything, he made his way to the railing of the pier and emptied the bag, fish and all, into the sea.
“Does anyone want to tell him that goldfish are freshwater fish and can’t survive in the ocean?” said Julian quietly.
“Not really,” said Cristina.
“Did he just kill Magnus?” Emma asked.
^Rest in peace Magnus, The Goldfish😢
“Remember, Mark is in charge.”
“Does he know that?” said Livvy.
Julian sought Mark in the crowd on the steps. He was standing with his hands behind his back, exchanging a mistrustful look with a carved stone gnome. “Your pretense does not fool me, gnome,” he muttered. “My eye will be upon you.”
^Mark thinking the gnome is real. Omg😂😂😂
Emma and Mark’s good-bye had been bizarre, to say the least. Emma had given him a quick, absentminded hug before descending the stairs; Mark hadn’t looked bothered until he’d noticed Julian and the others staring at him. He’d run down the steps after Emma, caught her hand, and spun her to face him.
“It is better that you go,” he said, “that I might forget your fair, cruel face, and heal my heart.”
Emma had looked stunned; Cristina, saying something in a low voice to Mark that sounded like unnecessary, had hauled Emma off toward the car.
^And then you have Mark being such a bad actor.🤣
He’s so lovable.🥰😂 And I totally love Kieraktina!😍
And of course the Gwyn x Diana moments were just so sweet!!! Gwyn has always been one of my favourite faeries. Who knew the Leader of the Wild Hunt could be such a soft boi.🥺🥰
“Providence has brought us together again,” Gwyn said.
“I don’t believe in providence,” said Diana. She looked awkward, a little alarmed. She was holding her injured arm close against her. “Or an interventionist Heaven.”
“ ‘There are more things in heaven and earth,’ ” said Gwyn, “ ‘than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’ ”
Kit snorted. Diana looked flabbergasted. “Are you quoting Shakespeare?” she said. “I would have thought at least it would have been A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
“Faeries can’t stand A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” muttered Kieran. “Gets everything wrong.”
Gwyn’s lips twitched at the corners. “Speaking of dreams,” he said. “You have been in mine, and often.”
I just love those two so much—although that’s not a surprise. I love all her ships😍 (unless there’s one I can’t remember that I hate🤔)
Oh my god and the amount of The Last Hours references I discovered in this book. How did I not see them sooner?!?! Shame on me.🤦♀️
“You’re suggesting we burn down Blackthorn Manor?” said Ty, his eyebrows up around his hairline.
“Oddly,” Magnus muttered, “you wouldn’t be the first people ever to have that idea.”
He’s talking about James.😂 Those who read CoG will know what I’m talking about.🤣
And I’m surprised I never noticed this the first time I read it (or maybe I forgot), but I saw that the Bridget that was in the London Institute with the Blackthorns is the SAME Bridget from TID!!!!🤯
I thought at first maybe it was a descendant of her who had the same name BUT NO!!! It’s the same person!!! That DEFINITELY shouldn’t be possible—she’d be like 140+ years old by now. I checked on Cassie’s Tumblr and it’s confirmed that she is the same person and something happens in TLH that makes her long-lived.
Leave it to Cassie to do something as amazing as that. I want to know so badly now!!!😫
Oh and I loved seeing more of TMI characters, especially Magnus & Alec.🤩😂
“The legendary Lost Herondale,” said Magnus. “You know, I was starting to think that was a rumor Catarina made up, like the Loch Ness Monster or the Bermuda Triangle.”
“Catarina made up the Bermuda Triangle?” said Alec.
“Don’t be ridiculous, Alexander. That was Ragnor.”
You know, this whole time I thought the Bermuda Triangle was real…… I’m so dumb.😅😂
Ahhh there’s also the scene about family mottos between Emma & Jules that I just loved.
“I wonder what other family mottoes are,” Emma mused. “Do you know any?”
“The Lightwood family motto is ‘We mean well.’ ”
Julian looked over at her. “No, really, it actually is.”
“Seriously? So what’s the Herondale family motto? ‘Chiseled but angsty’?”
He shrugged. ‘If you don’t know what your last name is, it’s probably Herondale’?”
Emma burst out laughing. “What about Carstairs?” she asked, tapping Cortana. “ ‘We have a sword’? ‘Blunt instruments are for losers’?”
“Morgenstern,” offered Julian. “ ‘When in doubt, start a war’?”
And then there’s Livvy saying super sweet things🥺
“I realized something,” she said. “I want to be like you, Jules. Not this second, not right now, but someday. I want to take care of people, other Shadowhunters, people who need me. I want to run an Institute.”
“There’s nobody else I’d rather be like than you,” she said. “I want you to be proud of me.”
Why did this make me cry so much???😭 It’s so sweet and……I just can’t.😫
Well to sum it all up (because I wrote too much)……….
Cassie just LOVES playing with my feelings. I both love and hate her for that.🥰😭
When it comes to snippets, it’s probably no surprise that my favourite ones are from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world! Cassie just creates one of the most jaw-dropping and hilarious scenes I’ve ever read.😍😂
Right now, I’m currently re-reading Lord of Shadows and I can’t believe how much I’ve forgotten. And I just love seeing the Blackthorn family, Emma, Cristina, and Kit sticking together and helping out the other.
Cassie creates such beautiful relationships.🥺🥰
But of course, with beautiful characters, there must always be characters I absolutely just despise. *cough* Zara Dearborn *cough*👿😤😤
Anyways here’s a small snippet from Lord of Shadows:
“Because of the Cold Peace, I cannot bid you welcome,” Diana said. “Why are you here, Gwyn Hunter?”
Gwyn’s ancient gaze glided up and down Diana; there was no malice in it or arrogance, only the faerie appreciation for something beautiful. “Lovely lady,” he said, “I do not think we have met.”
Diana looked momentarily nonplussed. “Diana Wrayburn. I’m the tutor here.”
“Those who teach are honored in the Land Under the Hill,” said Gwyn. Under his arm he carried a massive helmet decorated with a stag’s antlers. His hunting horn lay across the pommel of his saddle.
Emma boggled. Was Gwyn hitting on Diana? She didn’t know faeries did that, exactly. She heard Mark make an exasperated noise.
Omg I really love seeing the beginning of Gwyn and Diana’s relationship.😂 It’s so funny and sweet at the same time.🥰
Therefore, I shall not suffer alone.😈(Unspoilery, of course😉)
His golden eyes were fixed on her, fierce as a hawk’s gaze. She said, “It doesn’t matter what I said. I wanted them to leave you alone —“
“I don’t believe you,” he said. She could feel the slight tremors running through his body — tremors of stress, that meant he was holding himself very still. Holding himself back. “You don’t say things you don’t mean, Daisy —“
Aww I just really want to know what they’re talking about!!! Are they about admit feelings for each other??? Or is it something else??? CASSIE WHY😭
Cordelia shivered a little, though it was not cold in the room. “There is something weighing on you, Matthew,” she said gently. “A secret. Will you tell me what it is?”
She saw his hand go to his breast pocket, where he often kept his flask. Then he lowered it stiffly to his side and took a deep breath. “You do not know what you are asking.”
“Yes, I do,” she said. “I am asking for the truth. Your truth. You know mine, and I do not even know what makes you so unhappy.”
AHHHHhhh I seriously need to know what happens after that. Poor Matthew.🥺😭
You know, I think writing this post hasn’t helped suppress my need for Chain of Iron. I just want it even more than before. And the cover is just gorgeous!!!😍😍😍